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questioner to clarify your understanding of the question. Then open it up to the rest of the
room and ask what they think about it or whether they have faced that problem before. You
can even go back to the questioner and ask what their view on the matter is.
Download free ebooks at bookboon.com 28 The Secrets to Workshop Success 7 secrets to presenting a successful workshop 3. Be aware of those who may try to take over any discussions as well as encouraging input from
quieter participants without giving them the feeling that they are being put on the spot.
4. Use practical exercises to help reinforce the information you are giving and keep your audience
involved. This makes it far more interesting for participants. Some of these activities can be in
teams or small groups to encourage more discussion and interaction between participants. It
is important that you give clear instructions, broken down into simple steps, for each exercise
and ask for confirmation that everyone has understood what they have to do. Give each exercise
a clear time limit to ensure that people don’t lose focus. And don’t forget to have more than
enough pens, paper or whatever else is required for the exercises.
5. Make sure that you take adequate comfort breaks which allow a little time for networking
between attendees. This will also give you time to talk to individuals about any specific questions
they may have. Refreshments should be available during breaks and water should be available
for the duration of the workshop.
6. Pay attention to your audience at all times and monitor their reactions to what you are saying.
If you feel nervous you may want to hide behind your notes but by looking at your audience,
not only will you see their reactions but you will give off the impression that you are confident
and interested in them. Be conscious of your use of body language to emphasise what you are
saying. By paying attention to your audience you can sense if they are becoming less attentive,
for example after a lunch break, and add a quick exercise to get them moving around.
And, be enthusiastic at all times! Secret 6 Closing the Workshop The way in which you end your workshop is as equally important as how you start it and as with
‘icebreakers’ there are many ways in which you can close a workshop – just make sure to choose one
which suits your particular event. The key here is to have a way of summarising the workshop that
leaves the participants feeling that they have achieved something positive from it. Some examples of
good ‘closing’ exercises include:
• Ask participants to give a brief account of the main points of the workshop that they will take
away with them – if it is a large workshop you can divide participants into groups. This is a
great way to reinforce the key points of the workshop as well as reminding everyone of all
they have done.
• Give everyone a piece of paper or a card and ask them to write down one thing that they have
learnt from the workshop that they wil...
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